An Early Look at ‘Walking Dead’

The Walking Dead,” the most-watched drama in basic cable history, returns to AMC on Feb. 9 (8 p.m. CT) for its midseason premiere. The network is giving fans a nibble with the above sneak peek, released on You Tube late last week.

While waiting out the remainder of the show’s two-month hiatus, fans can also check out Wetpaint’s “10 Things to Look Forward to After [The Walking Dead’s Dec. 1] Mid-Season Finale.”

‘Klondike’ Premieres Tonight, Watch to Win

Discovery’s first scripted mini-series, “Klondike,” debuts tonight at 8 p.m. CT.

The series, directed by Ridley Scott and inspired by the Charlotte Gray novel “Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike,” follows the lives of two friends in the late 1890s as they flock to the gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory.

To promote the show’s debut, Discovery is hosting a Klondike Sweepstakes. Three lucky viewers will each win $50,000. Sweepstakes details are available on the Discovery website.

Discovery Channel is available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

‘Gilligan’ Re-Joins TV Land, Marathon Today

After a 10-year hiatus, TV Land is bringing back the classic syndicated comedy series “Gilligan’s Island,” this time re-mastered in high definition (HD).

To celebrate the castaways’ return, the network kicked off a “12-Hour Tour” marathon today at 8 a.m. CT. Tomorrow the show settles into its regular primetime slot of 6 to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

TV Land is available to most Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Tonight: ESPN Looks at ‘84 Figure Skating Scandal

The Price of Gold,” a new installment of the Emmy-nominated ESPN “30 for 30” documentary series, premieres tonight, 8 p.m. CT. The special revisits the figure-skating scandal surrounding the 1994 Winter Olympics, when figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by an assailant later discovered to be the ex-husband of rival skater Tonya Harding.

According to ESPN, the “30 for 30” series was created to commemorate the network’s 30th anniversary with the production of 30 films from respected directors that offer their perspectives on “the issues, trends, athletes, teams, rivalries, games and events that transformed the sports landscape from 1979 to 2009.”

New ‘Brain Games’ Episodes Debut Tonight

National Geographic’s “Brain Games” returns tonight with two new 30-minute episodes, starting at 8 p.m. CT. Host Jason Silva is back and ready to show us what’s going on inside our heads with more mind-bending interactive experiments.

The first episode, “In Living Color,” will put your brain to the test with a series of interactive games and experiments that will reveal a shocking truth—color is just an illusion created by your brain.

“Laws of Attraction” follows. In this episode, you can play along with games that reveal how the brain quickly calculates what’s attractive (or not), learn the secrets of long-term relationships, and find out what it is that attracts two people together beyond conscious control.

The show’s website offers fun pre-show quizzes for “In Living Color,” “Laws of Attraction,” and other upcoming episodes.

National Geographic is available to most Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Harrelson, McConaughey Lead HBO Series

Longtime friends Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey play a pair of mismatched Louisiana gumshoes in HBO’s new series “True Detective,” which premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. CT.

According to USA Today, the series storyline will wrap up at the end of an eight-episode run.  Should additional seasons be ordered, they would include new stories, characters, and casts.

Plenty of College, Pro Hoops Tonight

Basketball fans may want to keep their remotes handy tonight.

TNT offers a full night of NBA action with Miami Heat v. New York Knicks at 7 p.m. CT, followed by Oklahoma City Thunder v. Denver Nuggets at 9:30.

College coverage includes Memphis at Louisville followed by Arizona at UCLA (ESPN, starting at 6 p.m.). At the same time, ESPN2 will cover Auburn at Mississippi followed by Michigan at Nebraska. Also starting at 6, Fox Sports 1 (FS1) is serving up three back-to-back matches, with DePaul at Butler, Marquette at Xavier and California at Oregon.

TNT, ESPN, ESPN2, and FS1 are available to most Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Sweeps Draw Viewers into Reality Shows

Two cable networks are sponsoring contests that reward winners with chances to win fantasy experiences custom-designed for loyal viewers of popular reality series.

Fans of National Geographic’s “Ultimate Survival Alaska” (Sundays, 8 p.m. CT) may enter the Ultimate Survival Alaska Sweepstakes for a chance at a trip for two to the last frontier, joining cast member Dallas Seavey on an adventure that will include dog mushing, viewing of the Aurora, and more.

Over on TLC, another trip for two is up for grabs for ”Cake Boss” and “Bakery Boss” watchers (Mondays, 8 and 9 p.m. CT). The winner of the Cake Boss Kickoff Sweeps will fly with a guest to New York and bake alongside Buddy Valastro at a “Taste of NFL” event held during Super Bowl XLVIII.

Winners of both sweepstakes will be taped during their adventures for possible inclusion on future episodes.

National Geographic and TLC are available to most Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Tonight on TV: New Shows, New Episodes

There’s plenty of fresh fare tonight for television fans. Two major networks debut original series and cable nets offer a generous helping of season premieres.

CBS introduces “Intelligence” at 8 p.m. (CT).  The dramatic thriller stars Josh Holloway (“Lost”) as an intelligence operative with a super-computer microchip in his brain. The chip gives him instant access to Internet, WiFi, telephone and satellite data.

At 9 p.m., ABC premieres “Killer Women,” starring Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”) as a lone female Texas Ranger tasked with bringing in, as the title implies, women accused of homicide.

For viewers who would rather find out what’s in store for characters they already know and love, new seasons of “Pretty Little Liars” and “Ravenswood” premiere on ABC Family, 7 and 8 p.m. At 9, “Cougar Town(TBS) and “Justified” (FX) return.